Orville and Wilbur Wright were brothers famous for the first heavier than air, self propelled aircraft flight. They never went to college and started out as owners of a bicycle repair shop in Ohio. They built bicycles, ran the shop, and dreamed of building aircrafts. This dream led to exhaustive research on aircraft developments. Based on German engineers’ designs, they looked for a perfect site to test out their new ideas. On the recommendation from the U.S. Weather Bureau, they chose Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. as the perfect site to test their ideas out. They even built their own wind tunnel to test wings and airframes. By early 1903 Orville and Wilbur perfected their designs. They just needed an engine. Their single combustible engine was built by machinist Charles Taylor. With all of the different components ready, they transported them separately to Kitty Hawk, before assembling. The first test was on December 14th, 1903. The airplane did not pass the take-off phase as the engine stalled. The brothers worked exhaustively on the repairs before it was finally ready for a second test 110 years ago today, December 17th, 1903. This time the airplane lifted off the ground, flew 120 feet in 12 seconds, before landing safely. They were able to fly it three more times that day, with Wilbur flying the last test at 852 feet in 59 seconds. The brothers went on to form the Wright Company in 1909. Their first plane is on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
For more information on the Wright Brothers, take a look at the Rebecca Crown Library’s collection.
References: First airplane flies. (2013). The History Channel website. Retrieved 11:21, December 17, 2013, from http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-airplane-flies.
Image from Wikimedia commons, and is in the public domain. Retrieved from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wrightflyer.jpg
In collaboration with 4RFuture, Dominican University’s Sustainability Initiative, the Rebecca Crown Library is proud to present the Second Annual Sustainable Christmas Display. All items on display have been constructed using recycled or re-purposed materials.
The large snowflakes hanging in the central staircase were constructed from old government maps of Illinois that were withdrawn from the library collection.
NUC Christmas Tree
The tree, featured in a previous post, is adorned with garland made from the recycled covers of 24 volumes of Index Medicus, as well as snowflakes made from the pages of books withdrawn from the collection. Surrounding the tree are books from our giveaway table that have been wrapped in recycled newspaper and old maps, and bound with ribbon made from old cassette and VHS tapes.
Mini-trees have been placed on all of the study tables in the library. These trees were made from volumes of Environmental Health Perspectives and Vital & Health Statistics, government documents that were withdrawn from the collection.
Our display was designed by Bryan Deziel, Jill Bambenek, and Elena Maans. Special thanks to the following library staff and student employees for their assistance with the construction of the display: Bryan Deziel; Sharon Tobin; Kitty Rhoades; Rosa Martinelli; Patrick Hussey; Amanda Jachec; Gabby Vazquez; Jill Metcalf; Miranda Skeehan; Tori Goodman; Imani Davis; Brianna Martin; Maia Martin; Monica Tamrazi; Kelsey Keithly; Kassandra Cruz; AJ Stites; David McCullough; and Kate Marsh.
Harriet Tubman was an African-American abolitionist who was born into slavery in 1820. She is best known for her development and execution the Underground Railroad. On this day December 6 in 1849 she succeeded in her second and final escape from slavery in Maryland. Over the next eight years, Tubman spent her time executing the secret Underground Railroad which ultimately freeing over 300 slaves. She was also the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the American Civil War (or any war for that matter) in the Combahee River Raid, freeing over 700 slaves in South Carolina and later became a strong advocate for women’s suffrage.
For more information on Harriet Tubman, take a look at the Rebecca Crown Library’s collection.
Walt Elias Disney, better known as Walt Disney, was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois to Irish-Canadian father, Elias Disney, and German and English mother, Flora Call Disney. Walt Disney grew up in the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago, with three brothers and one sister. He is regarded as an international icon and has contributed to the world as an entrepreneur, screenwriter, director, producer, cartoonist, animator and much more. With the collaboration with his broth Roy Disney, Walt Disney Productions became known as the best-known motion picture production worldwide. His accomplishments include: 22 Academy Awards, 4 honorary Academy Awards (59 nominations total, with record setting four in a single year), rewarding him more nominations an awards that any other individual in time, as well as seven Emmy Awards, two theme parks (Disneyland, Walt Disney World Resort) as well as international resorts as well (Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong). Unfortunately, after a long struggle with lung cancer he passed away on December 15, 1966 in Burbank, California.
Take a look at some of our library materials about Walt Disney.
The National Union Catalog (NUC) Christmas Tree is constructed from over 500 volumes of the NUC Pre-1956 Imprints, and is a good example of re-purposing materials to create a sustainable tree. The volumes of the Union Catalog used to create this tree will be returned to the collection after the holiday season.
The National Union Catalog (NUC) is a list of all books, pamphlets, maps, atlases and music in the Library of Congress as well as major works in over 750 other libraries across the United States and Canada. Before the Internet, the National Union Catalog was the only way to find books in nearby libraries for Interlibrary Loan. Even though these searches can now be done quickly through a library’s website or WorldCat, the NUC is still important because as of 2005, an estimated 27% of books from before 1956 only be found in the National Union Catalog!
In 1901, the Library of Congress began a cooperative program with the New York Public Library, the Boston Library, the Harvard University Library and the John Crerar Library to exchange information about the books and other materials each institution held. This program quickly grew to include the Newberry Library, the libraries of the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago, in addition to many others across the country. In 1963, the Library of Congress decided to publish these records on all materials published before 1956. The resulting NUC: Pre-1956 Imprints is sometimes referred to as the “Mansell” in reference to the publisher. The 754 volume set was published over a period of 13 years and weighs around a ton and a half!
The NUC Christmas Tree
The first Christmas tree created from the National Union Catalog was created in 2006 at the University of Aalborg Library in Aalborg, Denmark. Since then, the tradition has spread with NUC Christmas trees appearing in the libraries of Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, the University of Nevada at Reno and Minnesota State University. The tradition has become particularly popular at the University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library.
Our tree was designed by Bryan Deziel and constructed by Jill Bambenek, Jason Carter, Elena Maans, Isabelle Ryan and Bryan Deziel.
Read more about the tree’s ornaments and the rest of the Library’s holiday display in future blog posts.
You know today is Thanksgiving…but you might not know that today also marks a historical race from Chicago to Evanston. It was the first automobile race, and the average speed was approximately 7.3 miles per hour.
In a move as unexpected as the Spanish Inquisition, surviving Monty Python members will reunite for a one-off show at London’s O2 Arena. Scheduled for July next year, tickets for the event went on sale on November 25. Prices start at £26.50. Gifts of shrubbery optional.
In a slightly more expected move, following a recent success of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit adaptations, JRR Tolkien biopic seems to be in the works. Produced by Fox Searchlight, the movie will chronicle key moments in the novelist’s early life and give us an excuse to raid library shelves and reread Silmarillion for the fifth time.
Finally, lest we dare to forget that greatest of Brits, William Shakespeare, here is BBC Culture’s Solvej Shou to the rescue.
For those who prefer their Bard sans Chris Hemsworth and his ‘mew-mew’ hammer, Chicago’s own Shakespeare Theater has had a smashing, $20 per ticket deal going on for years now. Check it out!
Did you know that the Rebecca Crown Library has a FREE giveaway table? Well we do! The free giveaway table typically has anything from free books, movies, school supplies, etc. and is frequently resupplied by librarians, professors, community members and fellow students. The giveaway table is just outside of the Crown 112 and Crown 113 Offices. You will be surprised the treasures that you can find!
On November 24, 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who was accused of assassinating US President John F Kennedy, was shot while leaving a Dallas police station. While Oswald was being transported from police headquarters, surrounded by police offices, camera crews and reporters, Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner, made his way through the crowd and shot Oswald at point-blank range. Consequently, Oswald was rushed to Parkland Hospital, which only two days prior was the same hospital that tried to save President JFK’s life, however he died minutes upon his arrival. Although, it has been reported that Jack Ruby states his reasoning for his actions was because he didn’t want Jackie Kennedy to have to go through the trials with her husband’s murder and further concludes “I didn’t want to be a hero-I did it for Jacqueline Kennedy.” In the end, US President John F Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald were murdered leaving Jackie Kennedy a widow and Jack Ruby in court custody, however upon his appeal trial to his death sentence he died from pulmonary embolism from lung cancer.
Fifty years ago today, on November 22, 1963 US President John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza in Dallas Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald. Kennedy was shot by a sniper during a presidential motorcade, with his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, by his side. After a ten-month investigation during 1963-64 by the Warren Commission, it was finalized that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of JFK. According to polls conducted by CBS, Americans still believe that there was a motive behind his assassination. After JFK was shot he was rushed to Parkland Hospital, however it was declared that he had a “moribund”, which meant there was no chance for his survival because of the gunshot wound to his skull. Only thirty minutes after the shooting, at 1:00 p.m. John F Kennedy was declared dead.